Aging at Home
As we get older, some of us may be less capable to live like we used to. That is to say, aging sometimes brings on challenges that make everyday living less easy. If you are a family caregiver, you probably recognize that your aging loved one might not be able to care for themselves as well as before. As unfortunate as it may seem, this is sometimes expected. One of the ways to making the aging process easier is to age at home.
What does this mean? It means that being and staying at home can help your aging loved one preserve their quality of life. Of course, there are instances where moving to an assisted living facility is necessary, and we do not deny the value of these places. But, if it is possible for your loved one to age in their homes, then there can be a lot of benefits to this option. Here are some reasons:
- Save money: Aging at home can save you and your loved one a lot of money. It can decrease the costs of living in an assisted living facility and it can reduce the costs of live-in nurses, which can all accumulate to be thousands of dollars per month. Also, if you have to spend some money on a certified nursing assistant, then you may be able to save money by splitting costs between their help and the assistance you give your loved one.
- Proximity: Not only will your loved one will be close to their personal items and spaces, but they will be close to their friends, family, and neighbors. Many times, a move to an assisted living facility can be an isolating experience. Being close to home can help avoid this sense of loneliness. Additionally, if you live close to your loved one, you may be able to visit them more often and conveniently.
- Stick to routine: Transitioning to assisted home living can be highly stressful, especially for someone who is already experiencing a lot of limitations already. Staying at home can help your loved one maintain their normal routines as much as possible. This is important because our everyday routines are often tied to a sense of purpose and identity. Although, aging can get in the way of maintaining a normal routine, being at home can help you preserve these regularities.
- Avoid some health problems: Often, being in an assisted living facility can cause distress, anxiety, and depression in your loved one because of loneliness and the stresses that come with transitioning to a new environment. Other times, physical illnesses can spread in assisted living facilities because there are numerous people living there at once. Staying at home can help minimize these problems.
- Preserve independence: Last but not least, staying at home can help preserve a sense of independence, which is crucial for aging individuals who often lose a sense of independence because of health problems. When you are at home, you are more able to abide by your own schedule and can plan activities on your own terms. Even though this aspect seems small, it can have profound impacts on the mental and emotional health of your aging loved one who can have more control over their life by staying home.
If you have any questions about how ElderCare at Home can help, please visit our website or call us at 888-285-0093.